Vacationers want to relax, unwind and leave the daily grind behind. If you are fortunate enough to own a second vacation home or if you are considering a second home in the magnificent Sebago Lakes Region and would like to rent it out, consider these tips below. Certain amenities will create that wow-experience that all vacationers want in a vacation rental.
Having high speed Wi-Fi connectivity is a must in modern vacation rentals. Your guests will appreciate this on those days when our New England weather deters outdoor activities. In addition, many people are fortunate enough to work from wherever they may be; a high-speed Internet is a must on their list.
Stock your bathrooms with toiletries. All bathrooms should include: shampoo, hand soap, body wash, toilet paper and towels. We do this at our vacation rental at Sugarloaf and for very little cost; guests always rave about how well stocked the condo is.
All the closets should have adequate hangers and a coat rack or hooks located in the mudroom are a must. We have found that having an organizer for all outdoor activities not only saves space but also makes the equipment easy to find.
A well-equipped kitchen is most important. This includes having basic cooking utensils, as well as adequate pots & pans. A place setting for each guest is a must. For very little money we provide basic spices and condiments, trash bags, paper towels dish soap and dishwasher detergent.
Provide essential appliances such as: an iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, microwave and can opener. Include laundry detergent and dryer sheets if a washer and dryer are available on the property.
Create a guest book with local restaurant menus, local phone numbers and brochures of area attractions, maps and guidebooks. This “passive concierge” source of information will be greatly appreciated. Much of this information is free and readily available in local stores, town hall, chamber of commerce or visitor centers.
Have you considered having entertainment options for the whole family for those days when the weather keeps you inside? A selection of games, puzzles, playing cards and books has been a big hit with my renters.
Pay special attention to repairs and maintenance that can bring some sparkle to your property. CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN! Have the carpets and furniture upholstery shampooed annually. Refresh the paint in any high traffic areas that are “looking tired”. The cost of paint and supplies is under $100.
Replace any light bulbs that have burned out; this will help add brightness to those newly cleaned areas. Finally, make sure to post any new pictures with your improvements on social media, both Facebook and HomeAway.com are great sites to get the word out.
In closing, if you want to create a wonderful experience for guests consider these
tips. They come from my own experience, other realtors and other vacation property owners. These have been proven to generate top ratings and future referrals. Always remember that your guests’ comfort is supreme.
Kevin Ronan, Associate Broker affiliated with Alliance Realty, 290 Bridgton Road, in Westbrook, brings this article to you. He can be reached at 207-838-4855 or email: Kronan@alliancemaine.com. Please contact him if you have any questions or ideas you may have about your vacation rental experience.